In TT (Children: Discharge of Care Order)  EWCA Civ 742 the Court of Appeal sets out the tests to be applied on an application to discharge a care order and also considered the relevance of attachment theory in welfare evaluations. Mostyn J’s approach to these issues in the recent case of GM v Carmarthenshire … Continue reading
Here are a couple of interesting recent examples of successful Human Rights Act claims against Local Authorities in respect of care cases: BT & GT (Children: twins – adoption)  EWFC 76 This is a High Court case in which Keehan J granted two applications for adoption in respect of twins who had been placed … Continue reading
The President has issued further guidance on cases involving parents with learning difficulties: President’s Guidance Family Proceedings: Parents with a Learning Disability, 10th April 2018: He refers to the leading cases: Re D (A Child) (No 3) (2016) EWFC 1: http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed158421 and Re Guardian and A (Care Order: Freeing Order: Parents with a Learning Disability) … Continue reading
Having only done a few FDAC cases in Kent so far, it may be too soon to tell, however I have to say that my experience of the process and that of my clients was extremely positive. For a guide to FDAC, how and why it was set up and what it does, you cannot … Continue reading
Initiated by the President (Munby, not Trump!), the Sussex Settlement Conferences pilot begins in January 2017, beginning in Brighton but with the aim of extending across Sussex. This new process can be applied to any Family Law case – public or private – to aid resolution. It seems that the potential for the process to … Continue reading
Marie Crawford’s most recent article has been published in Family Law Week, it considers the disconnection between theory and practice in making applications to adduce expert evidence.
Part 25 Applications – A Practical Guide It could be said that this subject is not the most newsworthy area of family law at the moment, or the most attention-grabbing in terms of case law. Although having said that, there has been a recent Court of Appeal case on this very subject, which is factually … Continue reading
In light of recent headlines last week about the abduction of a 3 year old child by his Mother Rebecca Minnock, child abduction is very much in the news. In this article Marie Crawford looks at abduction by removal to a Hague Convention country and the most sweeping changes to this area of law made … Continue reading